27th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FOLK ALLIANCE CONFERENCE
February 17th-21st – Westin Hotel, Kansas City, MO
Official Showcases, Guerrilla Showcases, Workshops, Exhibits and Keynote Speakers Keynote Speakers: Donna Walker-Khune, David Israelite, Rita Coolidge, Commander Chris Hadfield, Dave Carroll and Sylvia Tyson
Attendees from the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales and Japan are set to converge on one of the largest, annual events for the folk music industry. Juried performers and music industry professionals will come together together to be educated, entertained while celebrating folk music in its many genres. Important issues will be discussed such as promoting, presenting and preserving folk and trad music and dance, along with official juried showcases and unofficial private showcases over 5 days.
Folk/Roots artist Nathan Bell is known for his straightforward yet poetic lyrics, supported by master guitar playing. Acoustic Guitar Magazine compared his style to the “gruff troubadour lilt of Kris Kristofferson.” Sing Out! Magazine called his music “Powerful stuff…bleak, yet oddly comforting.” Bell’s records have been played on nationally syndicated stations such as NPR’s ‘Midnight Special’ and have topped folk/roots charts in the US and in Europe. View the multiple best of lists and Nathan’s many reviews here.
Catch Nathan’s Official Showcase. Friday 9pm Pershing North
Wednesday 9:00 to 9:30 pm Access Film Yellow (701)
Thursday 3:30 to 4:00 ppm – Lilfest 1 (728)
Thursday 10:30 – 11:30 pm HHH (737) w/ Jon Byrd & Matt Harlan
Friday 10:30 – 10:50 – The Old Home Place (639)
Friday 11:30 to 12 – HHH (737)
Saturday midnight to 12:30 am – Lilfest 1 (728)
Saturday 1:30 to 2 am Access Film Orange (729)
Visit Nathan Bell Website HERE
Selected from a panel of 5 national and international jurors and one of more than 700 submissions, Jacob Johnson has earned an
OFFICIAL SHOWCASE AT FAI Saturday 7:30pm Pershing East
One Take Jake
No Depression Review
“Jacob’s album “One-Take Jake” is filled with crystalline, pyrotechnical guitar playing but he has infused his performance with personality. It runs right down his arms into his fingers, onto the strings — missing not a grain of warmth and meticulous guitar-spirit.
The guitar is not just an instrument in the hands of Jacob Johnson – it’s his soul-mate.
His original songs are wonderfully performed and sound as if we may have heard them before. Then, in an effort to confirm his ability to interpret he whips out a Johnny Cash tune: “Big River” and virtually reinvents the song.”
Named a 2014 Year End Favorites by Kelly Walker, host of The Sundilla Music Radio Hour on Troy Public Radio in Auburn, AL
“Johnson sounds like Norman Rockwell paintings and the open road. He is a virtuoso, expressing a working comprehension of dozens of techniques and styles. He has blended and blurred the lines of genres to craft a sound he calls ‘Neo-Acoustic Folk/Funk’ .” – The Florence Morning News (Florence, SC)
Catch Jacob’s OFFICIAL SHOWCASE Saturday night at 7:30 in Pershing East
Private Showcase Thursday Night at 1:30 RM723 Windrush Concerts sharing with Rick Vines
Visit Jacob Johnson WEBSITE HERE
12:50 am – 1:10 am – The Old Home Place Room – Room 639 – Solo
1:50 am – 2:10 am – Access Music – Room 755 – Solo
2:20 pm – 2:40 pm Moors and McCumber Presents – Room 546 – Solo
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Soona Songs Room 704 – Solo
Saturday Night :
11:10 pm – 11:50 pm – Anderson Fair – Room 633 with Linda McRae and Chuck Hawthorne
1:15 am – 1:30 am – NERFA Presents Room 632 – Solo
1:50 am – 2:10 am – Access Music – Room 755- Solo
Visit Marc Douglas WEBSITE HERE
Teresa Storch has been a nationally touring performer since 2003. Originally from Omaha, NE, she’s returned to Colorado after 7 years in the Boston music scene.She encourages others to follow their own voices with her contagious smile and songs that move you. Audience members say it’s like seeing Bonnie Raitt or Greg Brown when they first started. She connects like she’s known you forever and inhabits her songs so fully you can’t help but be drawn in. Storch has toured 35 states over 7 years, bringing her soulful roots-pop to bars, coffeehouses, living rooms and cafes, and becoming, along the way, a live performer of joyful strength and riveting, emotional power.
Teresa’s album “Come Clean” made it on a few best of lists and earned reviews. Best of 2014 Acoustic Revival from Stevens Point WI, 90FM also streams at 90M.org with hosts Pat Sullivan and Jim Canales.
No Depression Review “While every song, in my opinion, is meat and potatoes, some are fillet mignon. It’s a matter of taste. But the musical cuisine here has ingredients that are sure to satisfy many appetites. Teresa Storch deserves attention for the recipes she shares on this platter.”
Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 100 Contemporary Folk
#13 Teresa Storch “Come Clean”
Roots Music Report Top 100 Folk
#66 Teresa Storch “Come Clean”
3:30pm Thursday LilFest II rm 727
2:00am Thursday night(Fri morn) Access Film Music rm 556
3:30pm Friday Access Film Music rm 556
2:10am Saturday night(Sun morn) The Old Home Place rm 639
2:30am Saturday night (Sun morn) Austin Skyline rm 549
Visit Teresa Storch WEBSITE HERE
WELSH/SWEDISH DUO DAVID LLEWELLYN & IDA KRISTIN
“Sharing an uplifting chemistry of intimate voices and interwoven guitars, their toe-to-toe debut album “Songs Around The Kitchen Table” captures the spur-of-the-moment freshness of a live performance.”
Paired at a songwriting retreat in Sweden in 2008, Welshman David Llewellyn and Swedish Ida Kristin were presented with an afternoon to write a song about a couple sitting in a coffee shop, and discovered a magical connection that has transformed into a finely honed acoustic duo. The spark kindled by this fortuitous collaboration uniting these two acclaimed solo artists, has resulted in the release of their debut folk album, Songs Around The Kitchen Table – a beguiling toe-to-toe recording, infused with tenderness and intimacy.
From relaxed songwriting evenings spent around the kitchen table in David’s current home in Nashville TN, the 11-song sparsely scored acoustic album sparkles with seven of David & Ida’s fervent compositions and some well chosen covers.
The classic love song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Ewan MacColl – sung as a duet, showcases the heavenly blend and emotional depth of the duo’s voices. During the recording process, David and Ida stepped outside on the porch for an impromptu one-take video shoot of “59th Street Bridge Song” (Paul Simon), quickly garnering a lot of interest on YouTube. The closing song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” is a loving homage to one of the great folk singer-songwriters of the 60′s - Pete Seeger.
Private Showcases for David and Ida
David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin
Thu February 19th @ 2:45pm, (45 mins w guest) – “Bill & Kate Isles Present” Room #731
Thu February 19th @ 11:10pm, (20 mins) – “Old Home Place” Room #639
Fri February 20th @ February 20th @ 12:30am, (25 mins) – “Austin Skyline” Room #549
Sat February 21st @ 11:40pm, (20 mins) – “Bill & Kate Isles Present” Room #731
Fri February 20th @ 2:30pm (25 mins) – David Llewellyn – “Horizons – UK & Ireland” Room #539
Ida Kristin – Fri February 20th 2:30pm (30min) In-the-round – “Access Film Music” – Blue Room #556
Visit David and Ida WEBSITE HERE
MATT NAKOA grew up on a small goat farm in Upstate New York and began writing music as a teenager. Following a formative stint as a concert pianist, he won a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. There, Matt studied closely with song-greats Pat Pattison and Livingston Taylor, receiving top honors in songwriting and vocal performance. He also collaborated with Grammy award winners Esperanza Spaulding and Kathy Mattea. His first solo album, 2012′s Light In The Dark, was received as an eclectic pop/rock masterpiece. A Dozen Other Loves (2014) explores a mainly acoustic palette. This avenue has led to folk radio airplay and performances with veteran songsmiths Patty Larkin, Ellis Paul, and Tom Rush. A disarming performer, Matt tours internationally, recently giving concerts at The White House and throughout India. Matt is a 2014 Kerrville New Folk Winner and a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Most Wanted Artist. Additionally, his piano music has received favorable reviews in publications including The New York Times, and his film scoring has been featured at BAM, and on Disney.com. Matt is currently based in Brooklyn.
Favorite Discovery of 2014 WFUV – Sunday Breakfast with John Platt WFUV, New York 8-11 am 90.7 FM and anytime at www.wfuv.org
Acoustic Revival -# 22. Matt Nokoa/A Dozen Other Loves/we all gotta go/self
Acoustic Revival is heard each Sunday morning from 9-noon on 90FM WWSP host Jim Canales
2014 Year End Favorites Kelly Walker, host of The Sundilla Music Radio Hour on Troy Public Radio in Auburn, AL
Visit Matt Nakoa WEBSITE HERE
“The International Folk Alliance conference (FAI) Folk Alliance International (FAI) has a mission:
To nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community — traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional — through education, advocacy and performance.
Since 1989, FAI has provided advocacy, support, networking, showcase opportunities and professional development services for the international folk music community.
With more than 3000 members worldwide, the annual conference is one of the five largest music conferences in North America (and one of the friendliest).
Members of FAI include individuals, organizations and businesses. The conference draws over 2500 artists, presenters, agents, managers, music support services reps, manufacturers, record companies, publishers, radio DJs, funders and others that work in the folk music field.
FAI has five regional affiliates that provide conferences and services in their respective markets.
FAI is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Kansas City, MO.